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ABB wins large order to provide power infrastructure for new UK wind farm

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article image ABB has won a significant order to provide substations and related power infrastructure for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

Global power and automation technology group, ABB has won a significant order to provide substations and related power infrastructure for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. ABB’s power infrastructure for the offshore platform as well as the onshore substation will be used to efficiently integrate the new wind farm into the country’s transmission grid. ABB’s scope will also include extending an existing substation that will receive the wind power.

Being built by energy company E.ON in partnership with the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB), the 400 MW wind farm project will be situated off the Sussex coast between Worthing and Brighton and will include 116 turbines, with the nearest located 13km from shore. When complete, the wind farm will have the capability to power around 300,000 homes and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 600,000 tonnes a year. The wind farm is scheduled for completion in 2018.

The wind farm’s 400MW installed electrical capacity will contribute to the UK’s target of achieving 15 percent of its total energy production from renewable sources by 2020 and reducing carbon dioxide emission. Europe now has around 8 GW of offshore wind power connected to the grid with UK accounting for nearly half the installed capacity and a further 11.9 GW of offshore capacity under construction or with planning approval.

Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Systems division explains that the substations will help integrate wind energy and facilitate the reliable and efficient transmission of clean power. Describing the order as another example of ABB’s Next Level Strategy, he added that the company will contribute its innovative technologies and proven project execution experience to support the enhancement of renewables in the UK’s energy mix.

ABB will be responsible for the turnkey delivery of the onshore substation, including high-voltage air-insulated switchgear (AIS), gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), transformers and substation automation as well as control and protection systems. Four STATCOM (static compensator) units installed at the onshore substation will ensure grid stability through reactive power compensation by detecting and instantly compensating for voltage fluctuations associated with the intermittent nature of wind energy.

ABB will also supply medium-voltage switchgear, power transformers and protection and control systems for the offshore platform as well as two new switchgear bays with control and protection equipment for the National Grid’s substation at Bolney, receiving power from the new wind farm. The solution will ensure stringent grid code standards are met.

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